Ten corpses found at Cleveland home Wednesday, Nov 4 2009 

CLEVELAND, Ohio (Reuters) – A convicted rapist was charged with multiple murders on Tuesday after police dug up 10 corpses at his home, which produced a stench of death in the depressed Cleveland neighborhood.Authorities searched the fetid property owned by Anthony Sowell with a backhoe, jackhammers, wall saws, and cadaver dogs. They planned to take the three-story house apart.

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Cleveland police Lt. Thomas Stacho says four more bodies and a skull were found at the home, where the remains of six women were removed last week.

Four bodies were found in the back yard, while six others were discovered elsewhere on the property, including in the basement of the house. A skull wrapped in a paper bag in a bucket could be an eleventh victim.Five of the victims were black women who had been strangled, according to the coroner.

Sowell, 50, was arrested over the weekend for rape. The victim said he had invited her in for a drink then became enraged and choked her with an extension cord.When police entered Sowell’s house they found two decomposing bodies lying on a floor upstairs.A sausage store next door to Sowell’s home was blamed for the rank smell wafting through the neighborhood, but an attempt at repairs failed to stop the odor.

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Up to 6 Bodies Found at Ohio Home Monday, Nov 2 2009 

Convicted Rapist Arrested; Remains Found in Advanced State of Decomposition.

(AP) A convicted rapist who fled before police arrived to arrest him on new rape charges was arrested Saturday in his inner-city neighborhood, after police found as many as six bodies at his home.

Police spokesman Lt. Thomas Stacho said Anthony Sowell was walking down the street on the east side of Cleveland when authorities spotted him and took him into custody.

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A Cuyahoga County coroner van leaves the home of Anthony Sowell (inset) on the east side of Cleveland, Oct. 30, 2009 carrying a victim discovered in the house. Police who went to a home looking for a rape suspect found decomposing bodies upstairs and what appeared to be a freshly dug grave in the basement. Police later arrested Sowell, a convicted rapist, and say as many as six bodies may be at his house. (AP/John Kuntz, Plain Dealer; CPD)

Sowell initially denied he was the man authorities were looking for but admitted his identity as officers began fingerprinting him, Stacho said. Charges against him are pending.

Officers found three bodies and believe they have discovered three more but are awaiting confirmation from the coroner, Stacho said.

The first two bodies were found Thursday night when police went to Sowell’s home to arrest him on charges of felonious assault and rape. Police say he had spent 15 years in prison for a 1989 rape.